Cleantech to Market (C2M) began in 2009 as an independent BERC program. C2M’s original goal was to increase the connection between BERC members and the innovative energy research being pursued just up the hill from UC Berkeley at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). C2M gained momentum very quickly, and in 2010 became a full course at the Haas School of Business, in partnership with the Energy Institute at Haas.
Open to all UC Berkeley graduate students interested in cleantech, C2M creates multi-disciplinary teams and pairs them with LBNL and UCB scientists on the cutting edge of research on a range of technologies. Over the course of a semester, student teams research and develop commercialization plans for a specific technology, and deliver their findings in a presentation and written report.
C2M’s innovative approach to cleantech commercialization has been hailed by venture capitalists and policy makers, and a number of other world-class academic institutions are now seeking to replicate the model.
For more information on C2M, including videos of the final presentations from 2010 and 2011, visit the official Cleantech to Market website.
Photo: Haas MBA 2011 students Gustavo Botelho, Chris Finegold, and Robbie Horwitz (l. to r.) are helping UC Berkeley Plant and Microbial Biology Professor Anastasios Melis (second from right) commercialize his novel algae production techniques. The project was one of many C2M projects of 2010.